Principles of Attitudinal Healing

The Principles of Attitudinal Healing are the foundation of the AH Peer Support Model.  The Principles reflect the Attitudinal Healing approach and philosophy which is based on universal values common to most cultural and spiritual traditions.  People from all walks of life, cultures and beliefs participate in AH programs, applying the Principles in their own lives in culturally appropriate ways.

The Principles are intended to support and strengthen our connection to our own inner wisdom. They are not presented as dogma, but as lenses through which we can view life in a way that brings us less inner conflict and more peace of mind.

 

  1. The essence of our being is love.

  2. Health is inner peace, healing is letting go of fear.

  3. Giving and receiving are the same.

  4. We can let go of the past and of the future.

  5. Now is the only time there is and each instant is for giving.

  6. We can learn to love ourselves and others by forgiving rather than judging.

  7. We can become love finders rather than fault-finders.

  8. We can choose and direct ourselves to be peaceful inside regardless of what is happening outside.

  9. We are students and teachers to each other.

  10. We can focus on the whole of life rather than the fragments.

  11. Since love is eternal, death need not be viewed as fearful.

  12. We can always perceive ourselves and others as either extending love or fearful and calling for love.

Attitudinal Healing Group Guidelines

Attitudinal Healing groups exist to be safe places where people can learn to use Attitudinal Healing in their own lives. The following guidelines have been developed to assure that a safe place is provided.

  1. The intention of the group is to use the Principles of Attitudinal Healing as tools for learning and personal transformation.

  2. In the groups, we recognize that love is listening, and we agree to listen with an open heart, to give mutual support and to practice non-judgmental listening and sharing.

  3. We are here to heal ourselves. We are not here to give advice or to change anyone’s beliefs or behavior. Being accepted as we are makes it easier for us to accept others.

  4. We share from our own experience. By risking and exposing our own emotional state, we find common experience that allows for joining.

  5. We respect ourselves and each other as unique; we recognize that each person’s process is important, not our judgment of it.

  6. We support each other's inner guidance and assist one another in finding our own best answers.

  7. The roles of student and teacher are interchangeable. They fluctuate from one to the other regardless of age or experience.

  8. We practice being present with others, seeing each person as whole, and not defining them by their appearance, mood, behaviour or circumstance.

  9. We agree to keep in mind that we always have a choice between peace and conflict, between love and fear.

  10. We respect the confidentiality of what we share in group, recognizing this is important for maintaining the group as a place of safety and trust.